LUCKY HEADBANDS: Hofu Tenmangu Shrine maidens hang freshly washed hachimaki headbands to dry in the sun in Hofu, Yamaguchi prefecture. The shrine distributed 3,000 headbands to students studying for their school entrance exams. Hachimaki headbands are worn for good luck. The cleaned headbands will be given to another set of students. The headbands are part of a set that includes an ema, a small wooden plaque upon which a person can write a prayer.